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Halloween

Ghosts, ghouls, bats, spiders and vampires! Why is Halloween so popular? Read on for some great stories, facts, haunted places and anything else relating to Halloween!

Halloween in Indiana

There was always a particular order to Halloween activities in my family. The whole family went to Stonybrook pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins. When we were little, my Mom dressed my sister and me in “quaint” calico bonnets to block out the sun. Mind you, it was something like 1985, …

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Graveyard Surprise Cake

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out! I dare you to enter this dark, spooky graveyard and dig in the dirt. When you do, you will discover worms and the slimy (but yummy!) layers beneath the dirt. This gelatin concoction is great for kids’ parties. It is fun and …

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My First Halloween with My Husband

My first Halloween with my new husband was actually right before we got married, so technically he was not my husband. To the people of Keene Valley, New York, we were apparently homeless. That would be an impressive feat to pull off in Keene Valley—surviving as a homeless person. You …

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Butterfly Man

Outside the Manitoba morning sky was an acrylic palette of blended hues; reds, oranges, yellows; all highlighted by golden light. The morning sun lit a world filled with buds and shoots hungering for the caress of the fiery orb rising higher. Steven sipped his coffee, his kitchen forgotten as he …

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Pumpkin Brains (aka Spaghetti in a Pumpkin)

One of my favorite family Halloween traditions is eating spaghetti in a pumpkin on Halloween night. Every year, without fail, my dad would hollow out a pumpkin while my mom cooked the spaghetti, and we would feast at the table. It is a bit messy and time consuming if you …

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How to Make “Shrunken Heads” with Apples

Shrunken heads are the stuff of myth, legend and Hollywood voodoo movies. This Halloween, bring an eerie tradition to life by creating apple “shrunken heads” for your diabolical display. Be as simple or as detailed as you’d like; they may look like they take a lot of effort, but making …

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Yummy Pumpkin Cookies

The highlight of Halloween when I was growing up were the pumpkin cookies. The recipe originally came from a can of Libby’s pumpkin, but we have tweaked the recipe a bit and made it our own. My mom would spend hours tirelessly (well, maybe not tirelessly) making the cookies so …

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Big Halloween Displays in Small Spaces

I love Department 56 and Spooky Town collectables, but I don’t have room for all the different houses and building in the collections. So over the years I’ve bought several pieces that I couldn’t live without, but I couldn’t display them either because of no room and to protect them …

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The Haunted Fort

Anyone can go to a haunted house, but only if you lived near Fort Ticonderoga could you go to a haunted fort! There are many legends about ghosts at Fort Ticonderoga, a French and Indian War and Revolutionary War Fort on the shores of Lake Champlain in New York. The …

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Banana Brain Cake

Your guests will be delightfully disgusted to see you serving a brain on a platter. Easy fondant icing helps you create a brainy surface that looks realistic. The fun begins, though, when you slice into it and banana pudding oozes out! Bring out your inner cannibal with this tasty idea. …

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It’s A Hip Hop Halloween Night

Hip Hop Halloween Night

Editor’s Note: Recently, we were startled by the visitation of a black-caped D.J., ghoulish in nature, and we thought for sure we were finally done for. However, he stood upright, his mouth turning to a wry grin, and he snapped his long fingers. A funky-sounding Halloween song suddenly began to …

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How to Craft a Witch’s Kitchen

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the craftiest of them all? You are—with a few simple tips on creating a simply ghoulish witch’s kitchen! What’s the Idea? The Witch’s Kitchen is a concept that has grown in popularity since it was first spotted as a trend several years ago. The …

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Haunting Music on iTunes

Halloween comes but once a year if you’re a non-haunter, but that’s not us! We love to listen to our beloved Terror Syndicate CDs all year and for every occasion – unless my family threatens to put me into one of my own coffins. One day I got to thinking …

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